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Has your OLLI used omnidirectional microphones?

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Avi Bernstein, OLLI at Brandeis University, Asks OLLI:

I’m wondering if other OLLIs have used omnidirectional microphones in their seminars to project the voices of participants and the study group leader. If so, I’d like to hear how satisfied people are with the results.

Has your OLLI partnered with an organization in the Village to Village Network?

Posted on July 14th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Mary Quinn Burkhart, OLLI at Auburn University, Asks OLLI:

Are there any OLLIs that have partnerships with a Village to Village Network organization? Villages in the network (http://www.vtvnetwork.org/) are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations run by volunteers and paid staff and help coordinate access to affordable services to enable seniors continue to live in their own homes. One of the well-known Villages is Beacon Hill Village in Boston: http://www.beaconhillvillage.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=332658&module_id=75811

Is your OLLI a member of LERN?

Posted on May 4th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Connie Hodgson, OLLI at University of North Dakota, Asks OLLI:

Is your OLLI a member of LERN?  And if so, has it worked for you?  Have you attended any of the institutes and/or the annual convention, and were they worth the cost?

How do you track open enrollment?

Posted on March 9th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Patricia Zimmerman, OLLI at the University of Nevada, Reno Asks OLLI:

For OLLI’s with “open enrollment”, members can attend most classes without pre-registering, do you track attendance?  How do you capture these statistics manually or automatically?  If you have an automatic system to do this, please tell us about it.

What are your thoughts about the use of class evaluations?

Posted on February 9th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Anne Cardale at the OLLI National Resource Center Asks OLLI:
What are your thoughts about the use of class evaluations? Do you use them? How do you manage the results? Are they useful to your Institute? Do your instructors use them as as a tool to help them manage their class design and delivery? Or, perhaps you feel they are not very useful in the grand scheme as they are only filled in by those who finish the classes anyway?

Do you have a standard form which you use for course evaluations? Would you like to share this evaluation form with other Institutes? If so, please send a copy of your form to the National Resource Center for inclusion on the web site.

Any tips on partnering with your Alumni Association?

Posted on November 13th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Sarah Benton, OLLI at Penn State Asks OLLI:

If you partner with your Alumni Association, can you tell me all the ways in which you partner?  Do you offer an OLLI/Alumni co-membership?  If some of your OLLIs didn’t graduate from your host university, will your Alumni Association recognize them as alums and allow them to join the Alumni Association because they are OLLI students?